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The Dark Side of the IVF Industry, From a Survivor

Anonymous by Anonymous

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When couples struggling to conceive approach an infertility clinic for help, they’re not just patients seeing a doctor: they’re also healthcare consumers navigating a billion-dollar industry. All too often, they’re also sucked onto a moving sidewalk designed to effortlessly take them from one intervention to another, without stopping to heal their spirits, discern their options, […]

What’s the Best Postpartum Fertility Awareness-Based Method?

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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One of the beautiful things about Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) is that they can be used at any stage of a woman’s reproductive life, whether she’s got a regular menstrual cycle or not. Often, women and couples learn a natural family planning methods when they are preparing for marriage or when they are trying to […]

How I Got Kicked Out of a Facebook Group on Birth Control Side Effects

Mike Gaskins by Mike Gaskins

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Ever since I began my research on birth control side effects and health consequences for my book In the Name of the Pill, I have been shocked to learn how many women have not been properly warned about the real risks involved with taking factory-made steroids.  A colleague of mine who I discuss these issues […]

Study Shows Link Between Teen Birth Control Use and Adult Depression

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

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A study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found that teenagers who use birth control are “1.7 times to 3 times more likely to be clinically depressed in adulthood, compared to women who started taking birth control pills as adults, and to women who had never taken birth control pills.” According to […]

Remembering Alexandra Williams One Year After Her Death

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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On this date last year, September 27, 2018, Alexandra Williams died of health complications directly related to her birth control. On the anniversary of her death, now is a pivotal time to continue to bring greater awareness to birth control side effects and health risks about which too many women are uninformed. Alex’s father, Anthony […]

4 Reasons It’s Worth It to Get a Fertility Awareness Instructor

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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As interest in Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) is growing across political, religious, and lifestyle spectrums, women and couples seeking to understand their bodies on a deeper level are finding tons of resources coming to the fore to help them get started. From Facebook groups to apps, there is a wealth of information online on using […]

FDA Citizen’s Petition on Birth Control: Shocking Stories of How Women Are Getting Hurt

Madeleine Coyne by Madeleine Coyne

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Earlier this summer, a Citizen’s Petition was filed to the FDA requesting greater transparency concerning the many evidence-based health risks and side effects of different forms of hormonal contraceptives. We at Natural Womanhood published a breakdown of the FDA petition into a more digestible format in order to explain the forms of contraception discussed in […]

The New York Times just Published a Fertility Awareness-Positive Article

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

Fertility Awareness-Based Methods, also known as modern methods of natural family planning (NFP), are often discredited or misrepresented in the media (or, more likely, ignored completely). So it was welcome news recently when the New York Times Parenting Blog published a personal essay that discussed fertility awareness methods in a positive and humorous way. In […]

How to Talk Confidently About Fertility Awareness Methods With A Doubtful OBGYN, Partner, or Literally Anyone

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

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Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) and modern, evidence-based methods of natural family planning (NFP) bring a wealth of helpful information and powerful insights into your health. FABMs can help you address and treat symptoms related to PMS and PCOS without using synthetic hormones, monitor your fertility, and clue you into any hormonal balances you might be […]

Here’s How Birth Control *Really* Works

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

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In August, a Cosmopolitan article came across my newsfeed several times, titled “Here’s *Exactly* How Birth Control Works.” In it, readers are greeted by an ad for a new birth-control pill. Readers are then offered a breakdown of eight different birth control methods explaining how they work⁠—except, not really. Sure, at a rudimentary level, yes, […]